Credit Bureau Equifax was the latest victim of a massive cyber-attack, the company announced last week.
Between May and July, hackers exploited the Equifax website to gain access to personal information of 143 million US consumers, including names, social security numbers and driver’s license numbers.
To add perspective to that number, about 250 million people over the age of 18 likely have a credit file. This attack was massive, affecting roughly 57% of all American adults.
The “good news”, if there is any, is that it appears credit card numbers of “only” 209,000 individuals (0.14% of victims) were exposed in the attack.
The attack also has some Equifax execs in hot water, as they sold their company stock days after the hack which was yet to be disclosed to the public. But for you, customers, how do you find out if you were affected by the breach and what to do if you were?